Older Kids and Presents- What to Do?


Kids who are in upper elementary school have definite ideas of what they want for the holidays, and  it can be tough to convince them they’d like anything that they haven’t thought of first. It is also hard to get them away from their devices!

While they often act like they they want nothing to do with you, tweens and early teens actually still need to have your support and the boundaries you provide during these up and down, on and off years.

I believe that the best thing you can do, as a parent, during these years is to stay engaged in some stress free activities that will keep the lines of communication open between you and your tween/teen. I am an SLP, so you will notice that the games I have chosen are mostly language based, but any game that your family can enjoy will be good! Conversations, and sometimes problems that are being encountered, can happen during games that all the questioning in the world won’t get your child to talk about! At that age, my son actually told me that I was asking too many private questions one day, when all I said was, “Hi! How was your day today?” We all survive!

I would suggest any of these games if you think your child might play them, with a warning- unless your child really likes playing games, don’t expect excitement when opening them! One alternative is to wrap it as a family present and see who wants to open it for everyone.
Card games, like Uno, and building games, like Jenga, are good for keeping everyone together, talking and just having fun! Another option is putting a jigsaw puzzle together.  If you get one with a picture of your child’s favorite thing, you can glue it and use it as a room decoration afterwards!
These games are fun group games that keep your child using their language skills, like describing and making associations between words. If your child is working on articulation skills, you can have them concentrate on saying their sound correctly during their turn in any word they say.
Scrabble and boggle are old classics that have your child expanding their vocabulary and spelling skills while playing. Quiddler is a newer fun game that works on these skills, too!
So, now, a question for you! As I was looking for pictures of games for this post, I came across these 2 games. I have never played them, but I thought they looked interesting. Do you know anything about them? Would you recommend them? I’m always on the look out for good language games for older kids! Thanks for your help!

Thanks to Ashley at Sweet Southern Speech for the invitation to link up on this timely topic! Stop by her blog to get the links for more great toy recommendations that will make your holiday preparations easier!

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Hide and Seek: GYMNASIUM

Prizes and a lot of fun! Hi, friends! I want to thank Kim from Activity Tailor for this fantastic idea for a blog hop! See if you can figure out where we are hiding, doing speech/language therapy and sharing some useful tips! 
 Thirteen bloggers are hiding--hiding on different blogs and hiding in the school. They're here to show you that you can (and probably do) do therapy everywhere and that each locale has it's own benefits. For all their tips, hop from blog to blog. While you're there, jot down the author's blog/school location listed at the bottom of each post to enter into Rafflecopter.  
Please welcome my guest blogger, Ashley, from Sweet Southern Speech!

Do any of you work with your speech kids in areas of the school NOT your speech room? Ever wonder how to integrate articulation and language goals in the gymnasium? Well, I’m going to focus this post on how to do just that!

Social language is key in gym class, right? It’s all about turn taking and sportsmanship here. Often gym classes work in units. It might be helpful to talk to the gym teachers and ask for their schedule. I do this then plan my therapy in advance to best prepare them for upcoming class. Role-playing a situation they may face in gym class is another great way to help kids. Give them some phrases like, “good shot,” “nice basket,” if they are playing basketball. Let’s say your student is not really athletically coordinated. Help them here by practicing a response if they perform poorly at a game in gym and someone makes fun of them.
Working on vocabulary? Make some flash cards with words to help them. Here are some I use: (gallop, pulse, energy, sets, endurance, frequency, repetitions, intensity, nutrition, respect, teamwork, responsibility, cooperation, overhand, underhand, balance, flexibility). I find kids need a visual representation of these words, so we will do an Internet search for images and I will have the students draw their own picture and make a vocabulary notebook.

Articulation goals are a good way to carry-over into “real world” practice utilizing the gym. Maybe go down to the gym if there isn’t a class going on and shoot hoops as rewards for using good speech sounds a certain number of times. Here are a few gym-related articulation goals I have used before: R (run, race, relay, rope, rebound, heart, curl, sport, cheer, practice) S (stand, sit-ups, stretch, base, basketball, race, skate, strength, strong, spirit.)

I hope this offers some ideas you can implement into your therapy sessions and sparks some ideas of integrating all areas of the school to challenge your students.

Ashley’s home base is Sweet Southern Speech, but today she’s in the:  GYMNASIUM! 

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